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ERRC Seeks Women’s Rights Expert on Western Balkan countries

12 November 2016

About the role:

Many Romani girls do not complete compulsory education for various reasons, including early marriage, state indifference and racism, with little to no protection from the local authorities. Many of those affected are now adults whose life prospects have been considerably hindered because of the failure of state authorities to give them the protection they deserved. Working with our Women’s Rights Officer, you will be using your knowledge of women’s rights and gender issues to help secure justice for Romani women and girls in the Western Balkans. This will include ensuring compensation for those women affected, and ensuring the authorities take steps to make sure Romani girls have the same chances as everyone else. You be involved in advising our Women’s Rights Officer and other staff on how best to tackle these issues, and by building an evidence base for advocacy, litigation, and communications work.

About you

You will have:

  • a university degree in human rights, gender studies, social sciences or a related field, and
  • at least five years of relevant professional experience in the area of gender equality and women's rights in Western Balkans countries.

You will have:

  • a good understanding of programmes and policies in the field of gender equality and women's rights,
  • experience in methodology development and research;
  • excellent knowledge of the situation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities in the Western Balkans;
  • excellent knowledge of existing educational policies on compulsory education and early marriage;
  • strong oral and written communication skills;
  • excellent writing skills;

Language skills

Strong English language skills required; both written and spoken

Knowledge of at least one national language from the Western Balkans is essential

Knowledge of the Romani language is an asset;

Application Procedure

Applications must be completed in English and sent by email to: aniko.orsos@errc.org no later than the 28th November 17.00 CET

The application must include:

A maximum one-page letter of interest describing the candidate and including details of prior work or engagement on working with the communities in the Western Balkans;

Curriculum Vitae (up to date, maximum 4 pages)

A written sample of previous work in this field (no more than 3 pages)

The contact details of two referees familiar with the applicant’s educational or professional background.

The successful applicant should be prepared to start early 2017.

Whilst selection at the ERRC is based strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of Roma with whom it collaborates and therefore specifically encourages Romani candidates to apply for this position.

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ERRC submission to the European Commission on Roma Inclusion in enlargement countries (May 2017)

25 May 2017

Written comments by the ERRC to the European Commission on enlargement component of the EU Roma Framework.


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16 May 2017

The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

Sometimes Roma have been the direct targets of murderous aggression or subject to reprisals. Then there have been the many times where individual Roma actively took a side, but too often the roles played by Roma, Travellers and other minorities were elided from the dominant national narratives that followed.

In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

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